Underneath the hustle and bustle of Waterloo Station, we’ve been lucky enough to host some of the world’s biggest bands alongside the freshest new talent.
Not only this, but because our awesome underground venue is a community space we’ve been able to give you all five of these moments for free and raise lots of money for our charities in the process.
From 5 to 1, here’s a rundown of our top music moments:
One night, during the after party for Vans newly released skate film Propeller, rumours were circulating around the office that after Skepta‘s much talked about carpark performance (remember?) he’d be coming to House Of Vans London.
We laughed it off. Until he got up on stage and mouths hung open in disbelief.
Photo: Nathan Gallagher
4. Super Group
We’ve seen some things in our time, but when Marcus Mumford, James Bay, Nathaniel Rateliff, Jack Garratt, Dan Croll and Bear’s Den got up on stage to do a duet we thought – this is a moment to savour.
We’re actually as surprised that they all fit on there…
Photo: James North
3. The Holy Shits
There’s possibly nothing more rad than being called up by Foo Fighter’s management and asked if they can play a secret show at House Of Vans London.
Oh wait, there is – it’s if they want to advertise the show under their pseudonym so only true fans will want to come. Party on!
The confetti cannon from our 50th birthday gig very nearly made the number one spot, not least because we were pulling pieces of foil confetti out of our slip-ons two weeks later (that’s value for money!).
When Dizzee Rascal proclaimed his final Bonkers at the third and final chorus and the cannon exploded it felt like we’d just walked through the pearly gates of heaven.
Photo: The Indiependent
1. Master of Mosh Pits
If you caught the live stream of Metallica: Hardwired at House Of Vans, or one of the subsequent naughty YouTube uploads of the full show (eh hem, cough) then you’ll have seen the circle pit during ‘Hardwired’ at approximately 1 hour 32 minutes and 54 seconds.
That was the moment when we looked around the room at all the horns raised high and thought “Look Mom, we’ve made it”.
Gif: Amanda Rae-Stephens